About the Ingham Sunrise Program
In April 2021, Ingham County took action to assist small businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and allocated $11 million from the county’s first tranche of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to create the Ingham County Sunrise Small Business Grant Program. The county selected the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) to design and administer the program, focusing on the short- and long-term economic effects of COVID-19 in Ingham County.
In the short-term, the Sunrise Grant Program will address the immediate pandemic-related financial harm to small businesses and nonprofits with targeted grants that address ARP funding gaps, historic economic harm to socially disadvantaged populations and the areas of greatest need in Ingham County.
Additional grants will focus support on bolstering opportunities for sustainable small-business growth for incubators/entrepreneurial support agencies and childcare providers (non-in-home) via targeted geographic expansion of childcare facilities through the remainder of 2021.